By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
"His mouth gets his him fights. What's his name? How do you say his name? 'Chael?' His mouth gets his ass in trouble. The dude is exciting for like two minutes, but then you just wanna turn down the volume, like, 'What the hell you talkin' about?' He sounds like he practices his stuff in the mirror, and then he goes out and says it. He's a great wrestler. That's all I'm gonna say, 'cuz everything else sucks. He can't punch hard. Look what he did to Anderson Silva. He did a great job holding him down, making a boring fighter out of a decorated champion, for five rounds. After the fight, I see that Anderson Silva didn't have a mark on him. Not a mark.
I talk trash, but I talk trash about people I'm actually gonna fight -- people in my weight class. This guy, he talks trash about ring girls. He talks trash about the President. Now, that's a little bit too much. He's very disrespectful. I don't like the guy. For real. The stuff he says about me. I like to joke around as much as anybody, but, for real, if I see Chael Sonnen, and he says anything to my face, I don't know if I'm gonna smack him or not. I don't know. I don't like the guy."
-Rampage Jackson talks to Bas Rutten on AXS TV's Inside MMA on Monday night and gives his thoughts on Chael Sonnen (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com).
Penick's Analysis: We've seen in two fights from Sonnen with Anderson Silva that canned lines and pre-fight hype don't amount to much when you wind up on the losing end of things. He's still riding on the four and a half rounds of success he had against Silva in their first bout, but Silva made that bout look more like a fluke with how the second fight played out. He's gotten into a fight with Jon Jones due the same type of rehearsed, pre-written comments as well, and it's not likely to end up any differently come next April. Now, Jackson's not really the one that should be delivering this message given the way his fights have looked over the last several years, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily wrong here.